A former jailer interviewed for a position with the Glendale Police Department last week. Instead of getting the job, he got arrested.
Stephen G. Berk, 36, of Panorama City was taken into custody May 15 after Sgt. Donald S. Shade noticed a bulge in Berk's jacket. Shade searched Berk and found a loaded .380 automatic pistol and several rounds of ammunition, police said.
Shade was interviewing Berk in Glendale City Hall for a job as a community service officer. That job classification can include such duties as ticketing parking violators and being a radio dispatcher.
Berk said he had been carrying the weapon for four years to protect himself, according to police reports.
In fact, police said, Berk did not have a permit to carry the gun and his identification had been altered.
Berk had a badge and identification showing him to be a retired deputy from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department, police said.